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post #1 of 64 Old 07-12-2017, 11:24 PM Thread Starter
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Red face Most Fuel on Center Stand or Side Stand?

Can I get more fuel in the tank with a Center Stand? 2013 DL650 specifically. I am kind of hooked on maximizing my range. One of these days I am going to be pushing this bike to the gas station. I get a special thrill watching the last blinking square for miles and miles.
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Probably not the best for the fuel pump .... immersion in fuel keeps it from overheating. That being said, somewhere I held on to a fuel receipt that read 19.5 litres!
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I always use the side stand. The difference is to small to be significant. 2005 model, but imagine the 12+ would be the same.
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I would bet that you could get another two ounces with the bike on the center stand. Not worth the effort to me.
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Good point on the fuel pump. I should end this as a routine practice. The risk to the fuel pump alone is reason enough to end this habit. Started when I first got the bike and wanted to test out the range and indicator.
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Funny how fast an obsession can be born.
Had a friend that bought a hybrid.
It became an obsession to see how high a mileage he could get to the point he was going ridiculously slow and other odd habits to maximize his fuel economy.
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Years ago (1996-99) I lived in a small town in Mississippi that was 25 miles from the nearest large towns. So a 25 mile ride to Waffle House for a cup of coffee with my nearest riding bud was the norm, and squeezing every mile out of the petrol became an intuitive routine.

At the time I was riding BMW's and keeping them full to inhibit corrosion in the tank was part of my riding rituals. The beemers also had immersed fuel pumps, and I never thought about the fuel pump cooling factor that marcham noted. Thanks for the word of wisdom on that.

Back to the range question - I've kept fuel economy spreadsheets on all of my bikes since 2005. I've tried refueling side-stand vs center-stand on all of them and in the big scheme of things the difference in range is not enough to make it worth hefting the thing up on the center stand. Especially when touring with a 40 lb load of gear lashed onto the passenger pillion.

Finally, I still tend to keep the tank full because of the ingrained "prevent corrosion" thinking that I developed during my beemer days. The only time I even think about range is when traveling on my twice a year mental health trips. But now, the ounces in my my bladder dictate range and stops far more than the gallons on board in the fuel tank! I tend to refuel every other pit stop (around the 200 mile mark) whether I need to or not! :roll:

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Even with the low light flashing for 40 miles, I can't remember ever putting more that 5 gallons in the '04 tank.
I always fill mine with the bike straight up and fill it as high in the neck as possible.
I try to not get off the bike at fuel stops. Gas and go.
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Even with the low light flashing for 40 miles, I can't remember ever putting more that 5 gallons in the '04 tank.
I always fill mine with the bike straight up and fill it as high in the neck as possible.
I try to not get off the bike at fuel stops. Gas and go.

I see Harley guys sitting on the bike while gassing it up seems like a good way to get gas in your lap! Never seen a proper bike filled that way.

I get off the bike and fill it on the side stand. That way I can watch the gas go in. Filling it up to the top while vertical probably splashes gas out the tank vent lines as soon as your moving.
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I see Harley guys sitting on the bike while gassing it up seems like a good way to get gas in your lap! Never seen a proper bike filled that way.

I get off the bike and fill it on the side stand. That way I can watch the gas go in. Filling it up to the top while vertical probably splashes gas out the tank vent lines as soon as your moving.
Back in my college-age bike riding days I over-filled and dumped fuel down the tank onto the hot motor and my crotch while sitting on the bike. NEVER, EVER again! Get off the bike and stretch the legs.

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